Pike fumes at wasteful Borough

Lee Molyneaux went close with a header against St Albans
Lee Molyneaux went close with a header against St Albans
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Alex Pike slammed his side’s wastefulness in front of goal as Gosport Borough slipped to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of St Albans.

The home team failed to convert a number of chances in either half as they still wait on their first Southern League premier division win of the season at Privett Park.

‘It’s very frustrating and followed the same pattern as our other games at home,’ said Pike, whose side have picked up just one point from a possible 12 at home this term.

‘We had five or six great chances but didn’t work the goalkeeper, while they were more clinical in front of goal.

‘One point out of 12 at home isn’t good enough.

‘Our back four put their hands up for a mistake to concede the goal but I’d expect our attackers and midfield players to get us out of a hole by scoring.’

Within a minute, Borough striker Justin Bennett fired in a fierce first-time drive which Saints goalkeeper Nick Jupp turned behind for corner.

Dan Wooden’s clever ball then allowed Bennett to take the ball around the keeper but he fired into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Buoyed by their excellent win at Chesham at the weekend, the home side maintained their positive start.

Bennett was looking particularly lively and on 14 minutes he sent in another powerful snap-shot that Jupp saved at the second attempt.

Two minutes later, a high boot on Danny Smith gave Borough a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside the area.

The ball was teed-up for Bennett, who flashed his shot narrowly past the foot of the post.

On 26 minutes, St Albans stunned the home side by taking the lead against the run of play.

Saints striker Lewis Toomey escaped his marker to neatly tuck a cross from the right past the diving Nathan Ashmore from 10 yards.

Lee Molyneaux was unlucky not to equalise when his header from a free-kick bounced back off the post.

The visitors, with the vastly-experienced Barry Hayles and Micah Hyde in their ranks, were looking increasingly dangerous on the attack.

After spending the opening 10 minutes of the second half on the back foot, Danny Smith sent two shots in quick succession wide of the target.

On the hour mark, Wooden sent a header bouncing across the six-yard area but no-one reacted quickly enough to get a touch.

The young Borough striker was then carried off with a serious looking injury after colliding with the St Albans goalkeeper.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the home side were making little impression against a well-organised visiting defence in their fruitless search for an equaliser.

And it was the visitors who almost increased their lead in the final minute when Sean Shields cracked a shot against the top of an upright – much to Borough’s relief.